SARASOTA
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP

Upcoming Events

 Rule of Thirds and custom Image Critique

Rule of Thirds and custom Image Critique

Saturday 22 June
Island Park - 9am - 2 Hours
Keith Baumbaugh
One of the most basic tenets of composition is the Rule of Thirds. Although most people are familiar with this technique it is often forgotten in the haste to take a photo. Make use of this technique can add more interest to your images by leading the viewer into/out of your image..

In this meetup we will practice using the Rule of Thirds in a setting full of photographic possibility.

I suggest bringing a few of your past images for a custom critique.. They can be on your phone/table but an actual print is best.
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$47      
Beginner's Photography Class

Beginner's Photography Class

Saturday 06 July
Downtown Sarasota - 9am - 3 Hours
Stephanie Leaver
Embark on a photographic journey beyond the automatic mode and master the art of manual exposure. Delve into the intricate world of your camera's settings with a comprehensive workshop designed to enlighten you on shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and their impact on your images.

Under the mentorship of a seasoned professional photographer, you'll have a unique opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills in real-time, elevating your photography to new heights. Join us for an educational experience that will transform the way you capture moments, and empower you with the confidence to take creative control of your camera.
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$92      
Macro Photography Meetup

Macro Photography Meetup

Saturday 20 July
Downtown Sarasota - 9am - 2 Hours
Stephanie Leaver
Unveil the miniature wonders of the world through the lens of macro photography, where the tiniest subjects transform into magnificent, life-sized works of art. Capture the intricate details of blooming flowers and the delicate movements of active insects, which typically escape the unaided eye. Our photography class is timed to coincide with the peak activity of these small creatures, ensuring a fascinating and rewarding experience. Join us to discover and document the awe-inspiring beauty of the macro universe.
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$47      

Nearby Photography Groups

Beginner's Photography Class at Kiley Gardens Amphitheater

Beginner's Photography Class at Kiley Gardens Amphitheater

Saturday 29 June
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park - 10am - 3 Hours
Tampa Photography Group
Rachel Treide
A class designed for beginner photographers to learn the basics of manual mode photography.
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$92       5 places left

Other Nearby Groups

Creating With Forms and Shapes

Creating With Forms and Shapes

Saturday 15 June
Westshore - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Tampa Art Group
Jacqueline Verweij
Learn to draw abstract forms and shapes, learn about composition and some cool techniques to make your forms and shapes super interesting!
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$47      
Natural Abstractions

Natural Abstractions

Saturday 22 June
Rilma Avenue - 10am - 2 Hours
Sarasota Watercolor Group
Robyn Holl
Join us for a fun and creative Natural Abstractions Watercolor Painting meetup! Where we will learn to paint the general shapes or patterns rather than a real representation of things.

Plus, our experienced Instructor will demonstrate the abstract techniques called the geometric and non-realistic!

All levels are welcome! Your enthusiasm and creativity matters!
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$47      
The Basics of Portrait Drawing

The Basics of Portrait Drawing

Saturday 29 June
Westshore - 10:30am - 2 Hours
Tampa Art Group
Jacqueline Verweij
Portraits may look difficult but it really isn't when you learn the basics of bone structure, the relationship between the elements of a face (eyes, nose, mouth) and where to place them correctly. From our previous lessons we will apply forms, shades and shadows, perspective etc.
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$47      

ABOUT SARASOTA
PHOTOGRAPHY
GROUP
Come along to our photo sessions to dust off your camera and get snap-happy with a professional photography instructor.

Brush up on your camera skills and learn new photography techniques whilst on a photo walk class with other local keen photographers!

We run two hour photography sessions based on a photography theme/technique/style and they take place in various locations in Sarasota .

  • New to photography? We also run a popular 3 hour Beginners Guide to Photography Class once a month. And once in a while we will run special niche 3 hour classes, for example, Astrophotography - so do subscribe to our newsletter to know when the next on is!

  • Who can attend? Open to all skill levels, from beginners to keen amateurs. The photography instructor is there to help you with camera settings and provide any advice you need.

  • What to bring? We recommend bringing a camera that has full manual mode or semi-manual modes (Aperture or Shutter Priority). Compact cameras and smartphones also welcome!

    The meeting point and full details for the day are sent in the booking confirmation email to the email address you provide at time of booking.

    Join the Sarasota Photography Group on Facebook to share your photos after the session.

    Got a question? Try our FAQ.
  • REVIEWS
    Im a beginner with photography and Keith was very helpful and I was able to take beautiful photos.
    5/5
    Kaila
    2024-04-23
    It was nice to be able to ask questions as needed.
    5/5
    Kim
    2024-04-22
    It was awesome! Keith knows his stuff and was able to suggest F-stop and ISO settings without hesitation just by looking at available light. And he knows the camera so well that he could then show me how to make the change to the proper settings. Awesome!
    5/5
    Christopher
    2024-04-22

    Stephanie gave good information and answered all my questions . Learn more about aperture and ISO. Very helpful
    5/5
    Kim
    2024-02-26
    I always enjoy getting out, meeting new people and enjoy seeing their photos to inspire me on being more creative with my photos. The instructor was delightful and willing to assist with any questions.
    5/5
    Gloria
    2024-01-28
    very good
    5/5
    Colette
    2024-01-28

    I was happy with the session and loved how Keith explained so many thigg bc s to me. He was patient and very willing to even share his camera with me when my battery was not charged. I loved the session and enjoyed the hands on experience.
    5/5
    Santa
    2023-11-19
    I ended up being the only student, so I had a one-on-one class. I thought it was wonderful. Keith answered all my questions and gave a lot of good advice.
    5/5
    Polly
    2023-07-09
    I really enjoyed the workshop, it was very informative. Keith and Stella worked very well with everyone and the location was great!
    5/5
    Joey Stewart
    2023-05-01

    Keith did a great job of laying out portrait basics. The model, Stella, was a pleasure to work with.
    5/5
    Bob
    2023-04-30
    Good information for all skill levels
    5/5
    Angie
    2023-04-30
    I really enjoyed the event, and felt it gave me a great jumpstart on street photography. It was very beneficial to walk around and shoot with Chris. I very much enjoyed his easy approach.
    5/5
    Peter
    2023-03-06

    PHOTOGRAPHERS
    Keith Baumbaugh
    Keith Baumbaugh has been in the photographic field for nearly 35 years, as an assistant, second photographer and now as a lead photographer. He also has many years in printing in both the wet and digital labs.

    His specialty is weddings, events and portraits as well as doing camera specific instruction as well as general photography instruction.

    Keith Baumbaugh is available for private bookings

    Available most evenings after 5pm and generally anytime on the weekends..
    I'm available for instruction on Canon cameras, beginner level photoshop/lightroom, how to use your flash as well as portrait photography.

    Stephanie Leaver
    Stephanie Leaver, a highly accomplished artist and photographer based in Lakewood Ranch, FL, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art from Western Michigan University in 2022. She consistently earned a place on the Gwen Frostic School of Art Dean's List and is a member of both the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies, reflecting her dedication to art and education.

    Stephanie's extensive artistic achievements span national and international recognition with a multitude of awards, published work, and exhibitions. Her diverse photography portfolio caters to various clients, from families and local businesses, to graduates and individuals seeking portraits, group events, and couples' moments. In her personal work, Stephanie explores environmental, political, social, family history, and mental health themes, providing a profound reflection of her engagement with the world. She excels in multiple mediums, including digital and traditional photography, videography, installation art, and mixed media, drawing inspiration from Surrealism, BioArt, and the natural environment.

    Stephanie Leaver is available for private bookings

    Available most Saturdays and Sundays for portrait services which include families, newborn, maternity, couples/engagement, graduate, senior, headshots, small events, and personal portraits.

    Weekdays I am typically available to provide commerce/product photography services using my at home studio.

    PHOTOS
    Sarasota Photography Group
    2024-02-19
    Title or Location: N. Ft. Myers, FL
    The expression on the Great Blue as the last bit of sun sets belwo the horizon.
    Credit: Jonathan Hunt
    Instagram: Jonathan_Hunt_Photography

    Sarasota Photography Group
    2024-01-29
    Title or Location: Venice Florida Fishing Pier

    Credit: Paula Ramsay
    Facebook: Paula Ramsay
    Instagram: Paulagatorpatron
    Sarasota Photography Group
    2024-01-19
    Title or Location: the bay
    Winter day at Sarasota. Boy skateboarding at the Bay. Gulf of Mexico in the background.camera: leica m246 monochrom lens: 35mm summarit
    Credit: Thomas M Fabian II
    Instagram: somedude._.somewhere

    Sarasota Photography Group
    2023-11-24
    Title or Location: Southwest Florida
    Roseate spoonbill - Bath Time! November 21, 2023 at approx. 4:15pm Camera: Sony A7Rv. Lens. FE 400mm f2.8 GMISO 200 400mm f/ 5.6 1/2500Post Editing in Lightroom - Raised exposure 1.0 , Whites 37 , Shadows -33
    Credit: Jonathan Hunt
    Instagram: Jonathan_Hunt_Photography

    Sarasota Photography Group
    2023-03-15
    Title or Location: This was taken at De Soto Trail in Bradenton, FL
    I took this picture last week with my Canon EOS Rebel T7 on the DeSoto Trail in Bradenton, Florida. I believe it is a Prairie Warbler. Beautiful bird and it was a beautiful day to enjoy nature!
    Credit: Diane Cross
    Facebook: https://www facebook.com/diane.cross.16906
    Sarasota Photography Group
    2023-03-06
    Title or Location: Venice, Fl
    Being an avid gardener, this passion gave rise to my first: photography. Experimenting with macro lenses, I wanted to document the flowers in my garden, which, at the time, included this Marmalade Blacked Eyed Susan.
    Credit: Kristen Williams
    Instagram: @kristenannaphotography

    Omaha Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Chicago, IL
    Photo taken during a spring boat ride into the Chicago River and processed using Lightroom and Photo Director.
    Credit: Brian Bruns
    Wollongong Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: VIVID Sydney - Sydney Harbour
    For 2 weeks every winter Sydney is lit up with amazing colours and beams of light over the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and various buildings throughout the city. I captured this photo of the Opera House from across the water at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. I used a slow shutter speed (of 1 sec) to capture light trails from the passing water craft, and I held my iPhone up against my lens to create an artificial reflection on the water.Canon R6ii, RF 70-200mm f2.8 (@ 70mm), 1s, iso 200.
    Credit: Angelique Kelly
    Facebook: @mylenslovesyou
    Instagram: @angelique_kelly_photography
    St Louis Photography Group
    2024-06-11
    Title or Location: Spirit of Saint Louis Air Show and Stem Expo
    Photograph taken with Olympus OM-1 and Olympus 100-400mm Lens (100mm 1/1250 @ f/11). No real interesting story here. Just like to shoot the air shows when I can. Takes me back to my days in the Navy and seeing the jets coming and going from Hickam AFB when I was stationed at Pearl Harbor NSY&IMF and would shoot a round of golf at Hickam AFB's Mamala Bay golf course after working on the submarines. A couple of the holes on that course are near the runway for the base. The surprise sound of a
    Credit: Brian Smith
    Instagram: @nukebear

    Phoenix Photography Group
    2024-06-10
    Title or Location: Lost Dutchman Park
    This is a focus blend of 2 photos- 1 for the fence and the other for the rest of the photo. It was taken with a Sony A7RIV camera on a Sony 35mm GM lens at F1.8, ISO 2000, 15". The Superstion Mountains were named Monte Superstition by Spanish conquistadors who arrived in the 1540s. Greedy for gold, they tried to get local Apaches to show them where it was however, believing the area was home to the God of Thunder, they refused for fear of angering him. Apaches believe there's a hole to the
    Credit: Edward Mitchell
    Instagram: Edward_Mitchell_photography
    Albury Photography Group
    2024-06-09
    Title or Location: Bethanga Bridge - Lake Hume Albury NSW
    This photo is one I took in september 2023. On this night I captured quite a few different photos and perspectives of the milky way over and around the bridge. My goal on this evening was to take full advantage of the position of the milky way as there are very few opportunities that you can photograph the milky way positioned near the bridge during the year. I found this photo with other ones from that night I had not edited. Astro photography needs conditions to be right in relation to moon,
    Credit: Andrew Osborne
    Facebook: Andrew Osborne - Landscapes
    Instagram: https:www.instagram.com/andrews_landscapephotos/
    Bellevue Photography Group
    2024-06-09
    Title or Location: Cannon Beach, Oregon
    Strolling along the beach. Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, ORCanon PowerShot S230f/41/400 sec.11 mm
    Credit: Timmy DeHan

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